Dorothy reaches 100

Dorothy Bell celebrates her 100th birthday with her son Colin Rogers and neice Carol Warner at Osprey Ct in Milton.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13661-1)
Dorothy Bell celebrates her 100th birthday with her son Colin Rogers and neice Carol Warner at Osprey Ct in Milton.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13661-1)
The wooden chalets overlooking the lake at Butlins , Minehead

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She’s a popular woman who has lived in Portsmouth all her life, so it was no surprise that Dorothy Bell had plenty of visitors to her 100th birthday celebrations.

Up to 80 friends, relatives and fellow residents and staff at Dorothy’s Portsmouth sheltered accommodation were expected to drop in and wish her well.

But some of them might have been a little surprised at her grand age.

‘She always used to say she was 10 years younger than she was and is still in the habit. But there’s no disguising it now,’ laughs son Colin Rogers.

Dorothy was visited by several generations of her family, from children to great great grandchildren.

She was excited to be spending her birthday with friends and family.

She received many cards, including one from the Queen. Presents included a gold chain and locket and gold brooch from the staff at her home.